Dec 16, 2012 10:00am PST
in the early sixties and were at one another's side for decades. they registered in new york city as domestic partners as soon as they could in 1993. but they wanted much more. >> "we want to do the vows and we want to exchange rings." >> spayer had been stricken with multiple sclerosis, and her health was failing. but that did not keep her and edie from hopping a plane to toronto, canada, where in 2007 they were wed. >> "i thea spayer, choose you...until death do us part." >> two years later thea passed away, leaving the bulk of her estate to edie, now 83, which resulted in an estate tax bill of $363,000. even though new york recognized their marriage, edie did not qualify for the marital deduction allowed heterosexual marriages because of the defense of marriage act. a federal appeals court in new york found that also violated the guarantee to equal protection, but went much further. after noting a long history of discrimination against gays and lesbians, the court concluded any law that makes distinctions based on sexual orientation must be subjected to "heightened scrutiny," and the gover
Dec 9, 2012 10:00am PST
over the asyriai greek king. we speak with suzanne bronstein, curator of the jewish museum in new york about the collection of hanukkah lamps, the largest in the world. >> the rabbis associated a miracle with the holiday. that when the ancient soldiers came to rededicate the temple in jerusalem and they lit the menorah in the temple, they only have one thing of oil to burn for one day, burn it burned for eight. that's why we call it the festival of life and why we light the hanukkah lamps. the rabbi going back to earlier felt that the lights of hanukkah lamp were sacred. the rabbis did specify a list of materials preferable to use for the hanukkah lamps, gold and silver, of course, being the best if you could possibly afford that. most people couldn't. if you were poor and you couldn't afford a permanent hanukkah lamp, you could use an eggshell or nut shell or potato carved out. the lamps used at home were actually using oil, and then over time in the 19th century and into the 20th century candles were more popular for home use. it's messy to use oil. we tried it. the rabbis in ancient
Dec 23, 2012 10:00am PST
of trinity church wall street in new york. if you want to stand up, please do.
Dec 30, 2012 10:00am PST
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